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Statement of the ANC National Working Committee Meeting of 14 April

15 April 2008

The ANC National Working Committee (NWC) held one of its regular fortnightly meetings yesterday (Monday 14 April 2008) in Cape Town.

Electricity tariffs

The NWC expressed its concerns about the proposed hike in electricity tariffs. The ANC is scheduled to have a detailed discussion with the responsible Ministers on Monday 21 April 2008 to discuss the proposed increases.

ANC Youth League Congress

The NWC noted that the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) Congress, held in Bloemfontein earlier this month, had not been able to complete its work. The decisions taken before the postponement of Congress are legitimate and binding.

The NWC therefore endorsed the results of the election of the ANCYL Officials, which were finalised and announced before Congress was postponed.

The ANC wishes to state categorically that it does not accept the abhorrent behaviour of certain delegates to the Youth League Congress.

A senior delegation of the NWC will meet with the ANCYL Officials as a matter of urgency to discuss these issues. The NWC will give guidance to the ANCYL leadership at national and provincial level, and organise with the Youth League a conference in June 2008 to conclude the business of the Congress. This conference will be limited to 2,000 delegates.

Zimbabwe

The ANC reiterates its position that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) should announce the presidential election results without any further delay.

The NWC expressed concern that the credibility of the ZEC will be questioned if it is perceived to have lost its objectivity. To hold a run-off vote when the election results are not known would be undemocratic and unprecedented.

The ANC regards Zanu-PF as an ally. However, it regards the situation in Zimbabwe as dire, with negative consequences for the SADC region. The ANC will make contact directly with Zanu-PF and the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) with a view to having dialogue on the situation in Zimbabwe.

The ANC accepts that President Thabo Mbeki, who has been reappointed by SADC to mediate in the process, needs to observe a neutral position in this matter.

Directorate of Special Operations

The NWC noted the delay in the process of effecting legislation on the incorporation of the Directorate of Special Operations (DSO). The NWC agreed that government be given time to conclude their proposal and present it to Parliament.

It reaffirmed the central elements of the Polokwane resolution, that there be one police service, that the DSO be dissolved, and that all special investigations fall under the South African Police Service (SAPS).

The ANC foresees that skilled individuals be placed in a special investigations unit within the SAPS, reporting to the national commissioner. This model would satisfy the provisions of the Constitution and the letter and spirit of the Polokwane resolution.

Issued by:
Jessie Duarte
ANC National Spokesperson

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